COT 102 - Computer Keyboarding II
Spring 2006, 3 credits

Online Class Syllabus

Please read completely through this syllabus and print it for future reference. 


Trudy Burt


Contact me by email through WebCT classroom.




Keyboarding and Word Processing, Vanhuss, Forde, Woo      2002 or 2003 edition

ISBN# 0-538-72610-5 (with Keyboarding Pro software)

The textbook can be purchased with a credit card at the online Follett bookstore,  by calling the Great Basin College Elko campus bookstore at 775/753-2270; or through the book's publisher, South-Western


For this class you also need to have access to Microsoft Word 2002 software. This software is available for students to use in GBC campus computer labs; you can also purchase the software at an academic discount through the Follett bookstore on the Elko campus (775/753-2270), or you can purchase through other means such as a retail store or another online store. As a student, you are eligible for an academic discount so be sure to use that eligibility! Academic Superstore is another good place to find academic pricing for all kinds of software. (Word 2002 is included as part of the Microsoft Office XP suite of software.)

Student Responsibilities:

  • Be able to access the class website through WebCT.
  • Have and maintain Internet access throughout the semester.
  • Have and maintain access to all software used in the class throughout the semester.
  • Have and maintain a virus-free computer throughout the semester.
  • Have knowledge of Windows and file handling.

An important note about online classes:

Do not assume that online classes are easier than traditional "face-to-face" classes.

Online classes can actually be more difficult than traditional classes.

They require constant motivation and self-direction on the part of the student.

You are responsible for reading, studying, asking questions, completing assignments, being organized, and staying on schedule. 


Designed to further increase keyboard speed and accuracy on the computer and to build skill to a marketable level. Includes formatting of letters, memos, reports, and tables. Prerequisite: COT 101 or 30 words per minute keyboarding skill.


Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to...

         Key the alphabetic and number keys by touch with good technique.

         Create and edit business letters, memos, reports, and tables efficiently and with proper business formats.

         Use basic word processing features with ease.

         Understand and use word processing terminology.

         Proofread documents for accuracy.

         Apply proofreaders' marks and revise text.


Every week students are responsible for...

You have the option to "work ahead." You can complete the Weekly Assignments, upload them to the corresponding area in the Assignment Dropbox, and respond to each related Bulletin Board posting after you've completed the weekly work. However, the assignments will not be graded until after their actual due dates and times.


Anyone not in communication with me for any two-week period (without prior approval) will have an F grade recorded for the class.

The worst part of an online class is procrastination!!!


About the Assignment Dropbox

The Assignment Dropbox link is available either on the left-hand side of the WebCT window,

If, for some reason, you feel that you cannot complete the course, you must officially withdraw from the class by the course drop deadline. This is done by contacting GBC Admissions & Records at 775-753-2102 and completing the Course Withdraw Form. Officially withdrawing results in a "W" on your grade report. The "W" is not used in computing your cumulative GPA; it will appear on your transcript and be permanent.

If you do not officially withdraw, your grade will be based on the work you have completed averaged with zeros for work you have not completed.


Grading in this course is based upon the following:

Bulletin Board Discussion

More information under Course Materials
(quality of discussion is important!)


Timed & Diagnostic Writings


Lesson Drills, Applications, and Skillbuilding assignments


Module Checkpoint assignments


Communication Skills assignments


Selkirk Communications assignments


To determine the final course grade, the grades for all the assignments will be calculated on a percentage scale in the breakdown given in the table above, and then recorded as the corresponding letter grade as shown below:

          Percentage     Letter Grade

94-100               A
90-93                 A-
87-89                 B+
83-86                 B
80-82                 B-
77-79                 C+
73-76                 C
70-72                 C-
67-69                 D+
63-66                 D
60-62                 D-
<60                   F

Withdraw           W


Students' Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about assignments 

When and how often can I turn in an assignment?

How many points are assignments worth?

How do you know which work is mine?

When doing assignments in Word,type your name at the top of or somewhere near the beginning of each assignment. This is very important, and failure to put your name on your assignments will deduct 15 points from your assignment grade. The reason behind this is that I receive the same assignments from each student in an online class. I'm generally pretty good about keeping things organized, but there are those days..., and if there is no name on the work, I have no certain way of knowing who did what work.

The timed and diagnostic writings will have your Keyboarding Pro user identification (explained in the Week One Assignments) automatically inserted in them, so you don't need to worry about typing your name in those documents. 



  1. Make sure you have a Data CD-ROM in the back of your textbook--you will use this for your assignments throughout the book.
  2. Before beginning the class work, be sure to read the "Key Features" section at the front of the book on pages vi and vii. This section gives you an overview of the book's layout and logic, which helps in working through all the information presented. 
  3. Information about becoming certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS certification) is provided on page viii. GBC is an authorized MOS testing center if this is something you'd like to do upon completion of this class. 
  4. If you'd like a refresher about computer hardware, working in the Windows format, and file management, pages ix-xv are informative.


All assignments are to be completed on an individual basis. That means you each do your own work. If two (or more) students turn in work that has been done by only one person, each student involved earns a zero (0) for the assignment(s). If it happens a second time, each student involved will be dropped from the class.


If you have...

 Thoroughly explore the WebCT classroom, and be sure to let me know if you have any questions.